Anthony Fauci is the medical adviser to the president of the United States. He speaks for the most powerful medical establishment of the world and many of his pronouncements influence the Swedish authorities.
In anticipation of the Christmas/New Year’s Holidays, Swedish authorities have instigated new recommendations again.
For the individual: Test whenever, vaccinate, take the booster, stay home if you have symptoms, quarantine if someone in your family has symptoms, wear face masks in crowded public transport or shopping, work at home, if possible, keep children at home whenever, keep distance, wash hands, sanitize…
There are also restrictions on gatherings of people, and special recommendations about unvaccinated people. It is a long list. Luckily most Swedes seem not to pay much attention any longer to the rather whimsical recommendations. But for many people the new recommendations fuel anxiety. There are more face masks on town and PCR-tests sell like expensive hotcakes.
Stockholm Central station. Swedes travel by train to celebrate Christmas – a few are masked. 2021-12-22 17.22
And Swedes shop for Christmas parties 2021-12-23 16.01 In this particular store no masks.
Fauci says large holiday gatherings not safe — even with booster
By Brad Dress, The Hill 12/22/21 10:37 PM EST
Fauci urges Americans to ban unvaxxed family members from holidays
23 Dec, 2021 05:29, NYT
Top White House Covid adviser Anthony Fauci has urged Americans to give the cold shoulder to unvaccinated family members, suggesting they not be invited to holiday celebrations due to their immunization status.
Anthony Fauci (C) and other White House officials meet with President Joe Biden, in the White House in Washington, DC, December 16, 2021. © Reuters / Evelyn Hockstein
Speaking on MSNBC, Fauci said people should avoid seeing their unvaxxed relatives for the holiday season, suggesting get-togethers could resume at “another time,” when the Covid-19 pandemic is “all over.” He did not offer any estimate for when that might occur.
“I think we're dealing with a serious enough situation that if there's an unvaccinated person, I would say, 'I'm very sorry, but not this time,'” he said on Tuesday night, warning ominously that the coronavirus Omicron variant “is going to find [those]” who have not received the jab.
It's the best thing for you and your family but also your societal responsibility to not allow yourself to be a vehicle for [spreading] to someone else who might be very vulnerable.
Fauci’s holiday advice didn’t end there, however, arguing later on Wednesday that even those who are fully vaccinated and received a booster dose should still avoid larger gatherings involving more than 30 people, as those would put attendees at “higher risk” regardless of how many shots they’ve had.